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Obituary: Ruth Stanton Thompson ’53

Ruth Stanton Thompson, 81 of Princeton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 13, 2010 after a long illness.

She was born in 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio to Thomas and Florence Stanton. She attended Antioch College and then earned a bachelor's degree in Russian Studies at Fordham University. She married in 1951 and raised six children, who were the pride and joy of her life.

She had a lifelong interest in literature and writing, begun as editor of her high school newspaper and pursued in the early 1950s on the staff of a Russian newspaper published at the United Nations. After studying the law, she worked as an administrator at the Council on Foreign Relations and at the New Jersey state courthouse in New Brunswick.

In her 60s, she returned to her literary interests and entered Rutgers University's doctoral program in comparative literature.

She led an active life, and was a regular at the Princeton pool. She could be seen riding her bicycle around town well into her 70s.

She is survived by her brother Thomas Stanton of Vienna, Virginia and her six children: Christine Thompson of Lincoln, MA; Benjamin Thompson of Ann Arbor, MI; Mark Thompson of Canby, OR; Matthew Thompson of Berwyn, PA; Elizabeth Thompson of Washington, DC; and Thomas Thompson of Manistee, MI. She also leaves her six grandchildren, Jerry, Sara, Daniel, Eric, Dylan, and Benjamin; and a great-granddaughter, Lily Grace.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 19, 2010 at St. Paul's Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton. MATHER-HODGE FUNERAL HOME